(GOOD NEWS FROM FINLAND) Beneq, Finnish supplier of thin film coating equipment, has joined a high-profile photovoltaics project financed by the European Commission through its Seventh Framework Program.
The main goal of the R2R-CIGS project is to scale-up innovative laboratory processes to meet the production requirements of flexible solar modules. These processes need to be adapted to roll-to-roll production while ensuring reliability, high throughput and low cost.
“Beneq sees great potential in continuous production technologies, both in relation to the economy of production and the quality of the end-product”, says Beneq CEO Sampo Ahonen. “This is why we are putting down a lot of time and effort in bringing our thin film coating technologies, both aerosol coating and atomic layer deposition (ALD), to the service of the industries we address.”
Beneq is a leading authority in ALD roll-to-roll technology, having launched the first commercial research platform for spatial ALD in 2009 and the first true roll-to-roll system for wide flexible substrates in June 2011.